Over the weekend, OpenTable sent diners a recap of their 2012 year in dining. Covering everything from how many reservations you made, the reviews you wrote, and how many Dining Cheques you received, the emails prompted a slew of fun tweets. Diners shared fond memories from the past year, boasted of their number of reservations (some as high as 90), and vowed to dine out even more in 2013. Thanks to @Dontignoretruth (aka Mark Lucas) for joining in the conversation.
Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…
Food and dining news from around the web and the world…
* Worried about food allergies when dining out? There’s an app for that. [PC News]
* Age matters. When it comes to visiting restaurants, anyway. Older folks eat out more than young adults. [Consumerist]
* Five bad food trends. Courtesy of the curmudgeonly Josh Ozersky. [Time]
* Ten neither good nor bad menu trends. Change is afoot in the coming year. [IntheCapital.com]
* A woman’s place is in the restaurant kitchen. But it isn’t always easy. [ClarionLedger.com]
* Five diamonds are a chef’s best friend. Find out which restaurants scored the coveted Five Diamond rating from AAA. [USA Today]
* So that’s why I’m a good tipper! Rich diners don’t care about wages for restaurant workers. I, being un-rich, do. [AOL Jobs]
* Will an American ever win the Bocuse d’Or? Chef Paul Bocuse can dream. [WSJ]
This season has been supremely frustrating, from the appearance of the grating and gangly CJ to the non-cancellation of The Josie Show, but this episode is really the sour cherry atop all of that. Don’t get me wrong; it was so satisfying to see Sheldon shine, but if you were on Twitter and following the #topchef action, you’re well aware of the mutiny among viewers prompted by the events at judges’ table.
1. Stefan was immediately singled out to do front of house because he’d been through restaurant wars before. I see that logic, but not at all, because … it’s Stefan! He does not suffer fools, and, really, that’s part and parcel of FOH work. I will say, however, in my years as a hostess, I did often fantasize about being able to shame campers into moving on so that I could seat the throngs of hungry diners at the door.
2. Kristen basically called Josie classless.
3. Elevating a cuisine you’ve never had before is a hard thing to do. And Josh did just that, with Sheldon’s tutelage, of course.
4. Brooke has opened four (!) restaurants with her husband, so it’s no surprise that she has a deft front-of-house touch.
5. Sheldon may well be the most guileless, genuinely kind cheftestant this competition has ever seen.
6. Kristen would prefer to have a dishwasher as her sous. This sounds like an insult (and probably is), but Sheldon started out as a dishwasher and he employs his restaurant wars dishwasher to help with prep work.Continue Reading